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INNOVATION ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTISTS BRITISH COLUMBIA SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN GEOSCIENCE
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THE PROMISE OF DIGITAL TWINNING
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COVER STORY THE PROMISE OF DIGITAL TWINNING
Digital twins are quickly gaining traction across multiple industries: building and large structure design, transportation, utilities, and HVAC control. Here in BC, a consortium of organizations are working together on the Learning Factory Digital Twin—a digital simulation of traditional factory processes aimed at producing complex aerospace parts.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN GEOSCIENCE
Engineers and geoscientists are increasingly using computational power to aid them in their work. In BC, artificial intelligence is helping in the hunt for mineral deposits and predicting natural hazard events.
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ADAPTING TO A PANDEMIC
COVID-19 ground many industries to a halt, but many engineering consultants used new tools and methods to adapt and keep their projects alive.
ON THE COVER An inside view of an autoclave at the Boeing Composite Wing Center, using to apply super-heated pressure required to build the Boeing 777X's composite wings. P hoto : B ob F erguson /B oeing
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INNOVAT ION SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 | volume 24 number 5 ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTISTS BRITISH COLUMBIA Suite 200 - 4010 Regent Street, Burnaby, BC Canada V5C 6N2 Tel: 604.430.8035 Fax: 604.430.8085 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: egbc.ca Toll free: 1.888.430.8035 COUNCIL 2020/2020 President L. Mah, P.Eng., FEC Vice-President L. Spence, P.Eng. Immediate Past President K. Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST YEAR AND OUR PATH FORWARD
As my tenure as Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s President draws to a close, I reflect on my goals when I took on this role, and the progress we have made to prepare to implement the new Professional Governance Act (PGA), increase diversity, and encourage registrant engagement through volunteerism. After years of planning and preparation, we are now looking ahead to the PGA coming into force, including new Bylaws, new obligations and requirements, and a new Code of Ethics that will govern professional engineering and geoscience in BC. In 2021, we will introduce regulation of firms, mandatory
COUNCILLORS M. Adams, P.Eng.; A. Andison, BA, LLB; S. Cheema, CPA, CA; A. B. Dixon-Warren, P.Geo.; L. Hildebrandt, ICD.D, LLB; S. MacDougall, P.Eng.; B. Nanson, P.Eng.; N. Ozog, P.Eng., FEC; C. Lambert, P.Geo.; T. Tiedje, P.Eng.; K.P. Turner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.); J.D. Vincent, P.Geo.; B. Ward, P.Geo., FEC (Hon.), FGC; D. Wells, JD
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ASSOCIATION STAFF A.J. English, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer and Registrar T.M.Y. Chong, P.Eng., Chief Regulatory Officer and Deputy Registrar J. Cho, CPA, CGA Chief Financial and Administration Officer M. Logan, Chief Of Strategic Operations M.L. Archibald, Director, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement D. Gamble, Director, Information Systems P.R. Mitchell, P.Eng., Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development D. Olychick, Director, Corporate Governance and Strategy G.M. Pichler, P.Eng., Director, Registration E. Swartz, LL.B, Director, Legislation, Ethics and Compliance M.A. Rigolo, P.Eng., Director, Programs and Professional Development L. Steele, P.Geo., Associate Director, Professional Practice A. Tan, CPA, CMA Associate Director, Finance and Administration
continuing education, and reporting requirements for registrants. The PGA enhances our ability to deliver on our mandate to protect the public interest, which will improve public safety and confidence in our professions. I want to thank Engineers and Geoscientists BC staff and Council for their hard work and the countless hours they have spent on implementing the PGA. We were expecting to see this legislation implemented in November, but the recently announced provincial election will change this timeline. As we learn more in the coming weeks, we will keep registrants informed. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit egbc.ca/pga to learn more about your evolving obligations under this new legislation. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about increasing the number of women in our professions. I am pleased that diversity remains one of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s priorities. Our efforts to promote diversity has increased the percentage of new female registrants to 23 percent, nearing our goal of 30 percent of new female registrants by 2030. We must continue to pursue an inclusive culture for current and future generations of engineers and geoscientists, so we can truly reflect Canada’s diverse society, which will result in better solutions and outcomes. This year, COVID-19 changed our world. Through the impacts and restrictions imposed by the global pandemic, I have observed the resilience, professionalism, and excellence of BC’s engineers and geoscientists, who have continued to safeguard our communities and drive economic growth. I’ve also had the distinct pleasure of working with a dedicated (and fun!) group of professionals on staff and Council who are committed to our work to protect the public. As a regulator, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is built on the strength of volunteers. We need volunteers to bring different ideas and expertise. Consider how you might contribute to our association and make a positive impact on our professions and the public. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit egbc.ca/volunteer-opps . You can make a difference. In closing, I thank you for entrusting me to serve you. While my presidency nears its end, our work as a regulator continues. With our dedicated staff and the strength of our volunteers, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is well-positioned to take on the challenges and opportunities of today, tomorrow, and the next 100 years.
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FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUE PAYS TRIBUTE TO PASSING OF JAMES BURKE, P. ENG. (RETIRED) It is with great sadness that we share with registrants the news of the passing of a fellow registrant, Mr. James Burke, P. Eng. (Retired). Jim had a long and distinguished career as a professional engineer in British Columbia. He touched the lives of many of us through in the mid-1990s, and by 2002 he was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Transportation Division. He then served as Executive Vice President from 2008 to 2015, and upon his retirement from SNC-Lavalin he enjoyed doing some consulting work. Jim sat on several boards, including the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Altalink Management Ltd. Jim was integrally involved in many
Jim embodied exceptional leadership and direction. He was a very approachable, inspiring, motivational, and highly respected manager and executive, and made a big impact on many of the lives he touched. He was known for having an open- door policy and could always be counted on to lend a helpful hand, a listening ear, or supportive word of advice. He had a hands-on approach and could be regularly found walking around the floors, checking on various teams, and assessing the organization’s pulse. He enjoyed mentoring the next generation of engineers, and was keen to offer opportunities for learning and growth to everyone. Jim will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of working with him throughout
his involvement in many significant transportation infrastructure projects. Jim started his working career by first completing the electrical apprenticeship program while working for the Calgary Power Corporation, while becoming a journeyman electrician, and then completed his engineering studies at University of Calgary while working at the utility. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Engineering with a double major in electrical engineering and computer sciences, Jim moved to Vancouver and worked on the Vancouver Expo Line LRT line on the first-generation driverless train control system. He joined SNC-Lavalin
large infrastructure projects both locally and internationally, including the Kuala Lumpur LRT, Vancouver’s Millennium Line, Kuala Lumpur Monorail, and the William R. Bennett floating bridge. The marquee project of his career though was the Canada Line Project in Vancouver. Jim strategized and led the pursuit, design, and delivery of this highly successful and highly awarded $2 billion P3 project, which was delivered ahead of schedule, on budget, and with no claims.
his remarkable career. Eugene Creamer, P.Eng. On behalf of colleagues and friends of James Burke, P.Eng. (Retired)
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speakers include Bob Joseph, Founder and President of Indigenous Corporate Training, and Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, P.Eng., Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UBC.
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PROFESS IONAL GOVERNANCE ACT RESOURCES FOR REGI STRANTS Engineers and Geoscientists BC is preparing for the implementation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA), which will replace the almost 100-year-old Engineers and Geoscientists Act . The new legislation represents a shift in how the professions of engineering and geoscience are regulated and will introduce new obligations and requirements for registrants. While implementation of this new legislation was originally planned for November 2020, the recently announced provincial election will impact this timing. We anticipate the PGA will come into force in the weeks following the election and will keep registrants up to date as we learn more. Throughout the transition, we want to ensure registrants are kept informed on the changes coming into effect. The next edition of Innovation will include a special pull-out PGA reference guide that outlines everything registrants need to know about the new legislation. Registrants are encouraged to review the insert and save it for future reference. Beginning later this year and continuing into 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will host a PGA webinar series on key obligations and STREAMLINED APPLICANT ASSESSMENT METHODS COMING SOON Two new advancements for professional engineering and geoscience applicants are expected to make the application process more streamlined and efficient. ENGINEERING APPLICANTS Professional engineer and engineering licensee applicants will now be able to show that they are competent to work in Canada using new methods to demonstrate a minimum 12 months of “Canadian Environment” work experience. Previously, Engineers and Geoscientists BC requirements were time-based, calling for applicants to have at least one year of experience in a Canadian environment. The shift away from the time-based Canadian experience requirement is designed to provide better definition and objectivity. The shift also accommodates labour market mobility trends that support applicants who may have extensive engineering experience and knowledge of Canadian
requirements for registrants. This series is in addition to the Professional Governance Act: What You Need to Know webinar
that we hosted in August 2020. To sign up for the upcoming webinars, or to watch the recording from the August webinar, visit egbc.ca/pga .
Our virtual annual conference on October 21-23 features a regulatory affairs professional development stream that includes sessions on a number of PGA-related topics, including regulation of firms, the updated Code of Ethics, and mandatory continuing education requirements. Register to attend at egbc.eventsair.com/ac20. We will continue to send important PGA updates via email and include information and reminders in eNews, Innovation magazine, and on our website and social media channels. To ensure you receive these updates, make sure your contact information is up to date. If you have any questions about the new legislation or what the requirements mean for you, visit our website at egbc.ca/pga or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The new method means that, while applicants must still show competency in all 34 areas, Canadian Environment experience will be assessed using these 8 competencies, which can now be demonstrated through a combination of Canadian work experience and if necessary, supplemented with approved courses or programs—not just in-Canada work experience alone. The changes are expected to launch in November 2020. For more information on the Canadian Environment experience requirement, email CanadianCompetencies@egbc.ca . GEOSCIENCE APPLICANTS Beginning November 1, the online CBA system, previously available to only engineering applicants, will become available to geoscience applicants. In partnership with Geoscientists Canada, the CBA system has been successfully piloted for evaluating professional geoscientist applicants. The system eases, streamlines, and standardizes experience evaluations for geoscientist applicants, and makes competency requirements clearer, more transparent, and consistent. The CBA system includes an online reporting function that allows applicants to report their experience within a set of 29 standardized competencies. Geoscience applicants using the system will be asked to select examples from their work history that best highlight an appropriate exposure level to a specific work experience competency. After validation, assessors will review all the competency examples and validator comments. For more information on geoscience competencies, email email@example.com .
codes and standards, but face barriers to acquire in-Canada work experience. The change is the result of over six years of Engineers and Geoscientists BC-led research and feedback. All professional engineer and engineering licensee applicants must demonstrate 34 competencies, using the popular online competency-based assessment (CBA) system, at competencyassessment.ca . Engineers and Geoscientists BC has identified eight competencies that demonstrate Canadian knowledge and experience, mostly related to Canadian regulations, codes, standards, quality control, and safety awareness.
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ANNUAL REGISTRATION RENEWAL IS COMING SOON It’s almost time to renew your registration for 2021. Here’s what you need to know to complete your renewal. CHANGES TO RENEWAL DEADLINES UNDER THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE ACT
Renew your registration by signing into your Engineers and Geoscience BC account at egbc. ca/account , using your six-digit User ID number and password. COVID-19 has impacted many areas of our operating environment, including our communications methods. For the annual renewal cycle, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is encouraging registrants to pay their fees electronically to limit the amount of paper handled by staff and to avoid processing delays associated with paper communication. The December 31, 2020, renewal deadline also applies to registrants who submit their 2021 annual renewal invoice to their employers for payment. Please allow enough time for your employer to process your renewal. WHAT IF I WANT TO RESIGN? If you wish to resign your license with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, be sure to resign before December 31, 2020, to avoid being liable for renewal fees. Registration can be tendered by signing into your Engineers and Geoscientists BC account, or by contacting Engineers and Geoscientists BC directly. Resigned registrants can reapply for registration according to the organization’s Return to Practice procedure. Engineers and geoscientists in training who reapply must comply with the Reinstatement Policy. Any outstanding annual registration fees, late fees, and associated administrative fees must also be paid before a registrant can be reinstated. For more information on renewing your registration, visit our website or contact the Registration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Later this year, the Professional Governance Act (PGA) will come into force, and will introduce new regulatory tools, processes, and requirements for Engineers and Geoscientists BC and its registrants. The new legislation will introduce changes to key dates for renewal that registrants and employers responsible for registrants’ renewals should be aware of. Under the PGA, the payment deadline for annual registration fees is December 31, 2020, which is unchanged from current date in the Engineers and Geoscientists Act . Under the PGA, however, registrants who have not paid their annual fee as of January 31, 2021 will be struck off the register—one month sooner than under our current legislation. UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION To make sure we can reach you with important information related to your renewal, take a moment to sign into your account to ensure your contact information is up to date. You can update your information at egbc.ca/update-info , using your six-digit User ID number and password. HOW DO I RENEW? You can renew your registration beginning November 1, 2020. The deadline to renew your registration is December 31, 2020, after which late fees will be applied to overdue payments. After January 31, 2021, registrants who have not paid their fees will be struck off the register. For 2021, registrant fees have not changed. The fees for non-practicing registrants are 50 percent of those for practicing registrants. To learn more about these fees, visit egbc.ca/about/governance/responsible-financial-management .
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council of elected members and government representatives meets throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance. The following are the highlights of its September 11, 2020 meeting. PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE ACT IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE Council received an update towards implementation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The organization is on track to meet all implementation targets, including updated Bylaws, a transition plan for moving to a smaller Council, a process for recruiting lay persons to serve on committees, and an updated Register. Council also received an update on a review of its committee structure and made several recommendations to modernize the current structure and align it with new governance requirements for committees under the PGA, and approved updates to the Terms of Reference for key committees. 3 o o o o
A special pull-out section in the next edition of Innovation will provide information on your obligations and requirements you need to be aware of under the PGA. AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS APPROVED Council received the report of the Audit Committee and approved the organization’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. The audit was conducted virtually and resulted in no adjustments or control issues. Council approved an appropriation of $500,000 to its Property, Equipment and Systems replacement fund to address required building repairs for the organization’s offices over the next five years. Council also approved a new target for its General Operating Fund of six months operating expenses (currently three months) and will work to achieve this target through incremental increases over the next several years. EDI PRINCIPLES FOR COUNCIL AND VOLUNTEER APPOINTMENTS REVIEWED Council reviewed several recommended updates to its policy and guidelines on volunteer appointments to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) requirements. The recommendations were developed based on leading practices and aim to address EDI principles in an intentional way, reflecting the organization’s commitment to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion. The approved recommendations include clarifying the organization’s EDI value statement, tracking demographic changes in volunteer representation, succession planning, outreach to under-represented groups, and assessing barriers. The recommendations UPDATED FOREST CROSSINGS GUIDELINES APPROVED Council approved an updated version of the Guidelines for Professional Services in the Forest Sector –Crossings (Version 3.0), a joint guideline with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. The updated guidelines are a major revision from the previous version published in 2014. The update includes expanded descriptions of the responsibilities and skill sets of the Coordinating Registered Professional and the Professional of Record, updated assurance statements, and a new assurance statement to document the transfer of responsibility between two Coordinating Registered Professionals if required during the project. The guideline also addresses environmental considerations, including fish habitats, and professional responsibilities around considering climate change. The guidelines will be published following legal and editorial review. o will be incorporated into organizational policies and procedures for committee appointments.
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professional engineers may practice as CPs. Intern Architects AIBC and engineers-in-training who meet all CP course requirements and pass the CP exams will be able to practice as CPs when they become registered as architects or professional engineers. ADVANCED CODE KNOWLEDGE COURSE The ACK Course is designed to provide advanced building code knowledge without CP certification. It provides all the content of the CP course, but excludes exams, projects, and site tours. The ACK course comprises seven full-day sessions on Wednesdays from January 6, 2021 to February 17, 2021. The cost for this course is $3,000 until October 31, 2020, and $3,300 thereafter.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) are offering the popular Certified Professional (CP) Course and the Advanced Code Knowledge (ACK) Course in 2021, both of which are now open for registration. The courses will be based on the 2018 BC Building Code and the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law. This year, both courses will be conducted online. CP Exams will be conducted in person in a manner that follows government guidance on COVID-19. Registration for both courses closes December 15, 2020. CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL COURSE Engineers and Geoscientists BC and AIBC have been jointly offering the CP Program since 2015. The CP Program is an alternative to the conventional building permit and inspection process used by the cities of Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, and other municipalities. Through the program, participating municipalities can issue a building permit on the assurances of a CP, who also must be a registered professional (i.e., professional engineer or architect). The CP Course schedule comprises 12 full-day sessions on Wednesdays, from January 6 to March 31, 2021 (with no classes on February 24 and April 7, and a half-day tutorial on April 14). The CP Course concludes with 2 full-day exams. This year, the CP Course cost is $4,900 until October 31, 2020, and $5,300 thereafter.
Potential participants are encouraged to explore the possibility of partial grant funding for the courses, through the BC Employer Training Grant. To learn more, visit the Government of BC’s Workforce Training Stream webpage, at www.workbc.ca . For more information or to register, visit aibc.ca/professional-development/ courses/additional-pd-activities . You may also contact CP Program Manager, Teresa Coady, FRAIC Architect AIBC AIA LEED Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.639.8185. For more information, about the Certified Professional Program, visit egbc.ca/Certified-Professional .
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THREE GUIDELINES ISSUED TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Engineers and Geoscientists BC recently issued one new and two revised professional practice guidelines. These guidelines, and other professional practice guidelines and practice-related resources, are provided at egbc.ca/Professional-Practice .
DEVELOPMENT OF SAFETY- CRITICAL SOFTWARE Development of Safety-Critical Software , published in July 2020, clarifies the standard of practice for engineering professionals responsible for the specification, design, implementation, verification, deployment, or maintenance of software that is used in safety-critical applications and scenarios. The guidelines identify software development, security, and safety-related activities essential to such projects, and provide guidance to assist in applying the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Quality Management Guidelines in a software context.
DEVELOPING CLIMATE CHANGE- RESILIENT DESIGNS FOR HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IN BC Developing Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC , first published in 2016 and revised in July 2020 (version 2.0), outlines the consistent manner in which highway infrastructure should be designed, including conformance with BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Technical Circular titled “Resilient Infrastructure Engineering Design – Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change and Weather Extremes” (T-04/19). The guidelines outline project roles and responsibilities, provide advice on how to incorporate best practices (such as considering the use of future climate projections), and outline appropriate quality management procedures. The updated guidelines also establish the standard of practice when conducting climate-risk assessments, and include updated and new case study examples and updates to the climate science section.
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF ELEVATING DEVICES IN NEW BUILDINGS Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings , first published in 2016 and revised in September 2020, continues to guide professional practice related to the design, construction, installation, and commissioning of elevating devices in new buildings. This revision clarifies the responsibilities listed in the Elevator Professional Responsibility Matrix, adds an assurance statement related to mechanical systems of new elevating devices to satisfy the requirements of Technical Safety BC for professional assurance, and provides reference to quality management requirements. The guidelines summarize the responsibilities of professionals who are involved in work related to the integration of elevating devices in new buildings, and use a matrix to cross- reference the disciplines or areas of responsibility to the appropriate types of registered professionals, to clarify which professionals should be taking responsibility for the various aspects of an elevating device in a new building.
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2020 PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENTS The President’s Awards are British Columbia’s top awards for professional engineers and professional geoscientists. These awards recognize outstanding professional, technical, and community contributions of registrants of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. We are pleased to honour seven recipients, in the following categories: the R.A. McLachlanMemorial Award, the C.J. WestermanMemorial Award, theMeritorious Achievement Award, the D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award, the Community Service Award, the Teaching Award of Excellence in engineering or geoscience education, and the Young Professional Award.
C.J. WESTERMAN MEMORIAL AWARD DR. ROBERT DANIEL MOORE, P.GEO.
R.A. MCLACHLAN MEMORIAL AWARD DR. LORETTA LI, P.ENG.
Throughout his exemplary career, Dr. Robert Daniel Moore, P.Geo., has been a dedicated researcher and teacher at UBC as a professor in the Department of Geography. With a passion for engaging in work that contributes to real-world issues in environmental management, he has made outstanding contributions to the practice of geoscience, specifically in hydrology. One of the biggest challenges in hydrology is the collection and analysis of high-quality stream discharge data. Dan refined and
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Loretta Li, P.Eng., has advanced the field of environmental engineering through her research and leadership as a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC. Her outstanding contributions to environmental quality and sustainable remediation have significantly enhanced public safety and had an impact on policy decisions in Canada and around the world.
Loretta’s work on sites contaminated by per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances and polybrominated diphenyl ethers has led to three publications within the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and contributions to the Stockholm Convention. This research has also resulted in 12 refereed publications, including the first reported study of leachability, absorption, desorption, and mobility of PBDEs from wastes to soils. It also generated new knowledge on how brominated flame retardants are entering the environment and their impact as by-products in surface and subsurface soils. Loretta’s findings on metals dispersion and distribution along highways have helped shape our province and have led to collaborations with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Based on her research, the Ministry revised one of their highway rights-of-way and subsequently saved over $40 million in soil handling costs. This research was also used in environmental assessments along the Sea-to-Sky, Okanagan Lake Bridge, and Highway 37 widening projects. In addition to her technical expertise, Loretta volunteers with 14 technical associations, has helped organize 28 national and international conferences, and has been a guiding mentor to high school and young engineering students. She is passionate about bridging the gender gap in engineering and has been involved in many women- in-engineering initiatives. She has organized and led small group discussions with female high school students to cultivate the next generation of female engineers. Loretta’s leading-edge research, paired with her passion for inspiring the next generation, will undoubtedly change the landscape of environmental engineering in BC.
popularized a technique that uses salt as a tracer to estimate discharge in small, steep streams. This method is not only more accurate, but often far safer than other measurement techniques. Dan has made many other technical contributions to the profession. He helped advance the ability to predict streamflow in ungauged catchments by evaluating and improving how regional temperature and precipitation estimates are downscaled over complex mountainous terrain, and by improving the theoretical basis of the predictive models themselves. He contributed to the development of a novel technique for estimating flows in ungauged watersheds by using a robust water balance approach. And, he helped develop various open-source software tools intended for use by consulting geoscientists in their analysis of hydrological data. Dan has a long history of service to the community. He is a former board member and past president of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter. He was an active member of the Groundwater Advisory Committee for Galiano Island and provides technical advice on hydrology for ecological restoration projects run by the Galiano Conservancy Association. Over the years, he has also provided technical support to the Burns Bog Scientific Advisory Panel and the City of Vancouver. Dan’s unwavering scientific integrity has earned him the respect of scientific and professional colleagues alike. He has been an outstanding mentor to many who have gone on to become professional geoscientists in BC and beyond. He is truly a leader in his field.
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MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DR. TONY T.Y. YANG, P.ENG.
D.C LAMBERT PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD DON DOBSON, P.ENG. Throughout his nearly
Dr. Tony T.Y. Yang, P.Eng., has made remarkable contributions to the field of structural and earthquake engineering. As a professor at the UBC, his work focuses on the advanced simulation and experimental testing of complex structural systems under dynamic loads. He has worked with many top structural engineering firms and research institutes
50-year career, Don Dobson, P.Eng., has made significant contributions to the field of water resource engineering. As Principal of Dobson Engineering, his expertise in the Okanagan Valley—a water-stressed region that is being further impacted by climate change—is highly sought-after and respected.
Don’s ability to stay calm and confident is invaluable during extreme events such as wildfires and floods. One of the best, most recent examples of Don’s leadership was his role as a Subject Matter Expert during flooding in Grand Forks in 2018 that devastated the community. During the emergency, Don provided technical leadership and expert hydrology advice, conducted engineering assessments, and provided recommendations for flood mitigation. Don also played a significant role in the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park fire when he recognized that the creation of water-repellent soils represented a public safety threat. Under Don’s leadership and direction, the City of Kelowna was able to mitigate damages associated with the fire, including an intense rain event that was occurring over one of the burned drainages. Don’s watershed management work has informed and guided many initiatives, including forestry impacts on watersheds, flood protection, fish habitat restoration, and water supply management. His leadership and technical guidance have ensured a safe and secure water supply in the Okanagan and has helped the region stay safe from flooding.
worldwide to push the boundaries of structural and earthquake engineering and is well regarded as one of the leading experts in the world. One of Tony’s most significant contributions is the development of the fundamental underpinnings for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE), which has resulted in the implementation of PBEE in numerous design codes worldwide. Over the last 20 years, Tony and his research team have developed multiple innovative structural components and systems which have significantly improved the safety and economy of infrastructures in Canada and worldwide. Tony is a dedicated teacher and is committed to finding new ways to inspire his students and educate the public on earthquake safety. He has given over 100 public seminars on earthquake engineering to both technical and community groups and has worked closely with the national and international communities to improve public safety. Tony’s exemplary commitments to his professional field has made the world safer from future earthquakes.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD DR. GORD LOVEGROVE, P.ENG.
TEACHING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE DR. PETER OSTAFICHUK, P.ENG.
Dr. Gord Lovegrove, P.Eng., is passionate about his community and works tirelessly to make it a better place for everyone. He is an associate professor at UBC’s Okanagan Campus School of Engineering, where he was instrumental in the school’s launch and development in 2004. Gord’s teaching focuses on using innovative engineering approaches to planning and designing communities that sustain a high quality of life while protecting the environment. He created the first Go Global programs
Dr. Peter Ostafichuk, P.Eng. (or Dr. Pete, as he is known across UBC) is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. He is a passionate teacher, innovator, and role model who strives to create
lasting connections with students. He is among the first UBC faculty members to be promoted to the rank of Professor of Teaching, which requires a proven track record of outstanding teaching, educational leadership, and curriculum development. Peter is highly regarded for his work developing the Mech 2 program, the cornerstone program of the UBC Mechanical Engineering Department and a revolutionary new way to think about undergraduate education. In Mech 2, rather than take six or seven concurrent courses per term, students take four consecutive courses over the entire academic year. This helps them learn the principles of mechanical engineering in an integrated and more practical context. With Peter’s visionary leadership, Mech 2 has dramatically improved student learning outcomes and has received national and international recognition. In 2014, Peter took on a newly created role as the Chair of First-Year Engineering at UBC, where he brought his experience to the redevelopment of the first-year curriculum. This redevelopment included a new introduction to engineering courses and a strong focus on engineering practice, design, teamwork, sustainability, communication, professionalism, and ethics. Equally admired and respected by both his students and peers, Peter is strengthening engineering education in British Columbia for generations to come.
for the School of Engineering, which enables students and professionals to study the planning and design of new communities in the Netherlands. The course teaches participants the importance of protecting the environment, maximizing green space, and achieving biodiversity. Committed to improving the campus community, Gord was instrumental in launching UBC’s award-winning student U-Pass BC, which provides students with access to public transportation as part of their student fees, and a similar program at the Okanagan campus. He is currently working on long-term strategies to promote smarter growth neighbourhood design and increase active transport choice, intending to reduce traffic crashes, congestion, and injuries for all road users. Both personally and professionally, Gord works to promote sustainability wherever possible. He is active in serving on several related boards in the Okanagan, including those related to heritage, neighbourhood associations, homelessness, and co-housing. Whether it’s through his teaching, his advocacy, or simply his contagious enthusiasm for creating a happier, healthier future, Gord has made a lasting impact on his community.
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2020 SUSTAINABILITY, MENTOR OF THE YEAR, AND EDITORIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS Engineers and Geoscientists BC is pleased to recognize outstanding individuals and projects in BC with the 2020 Sustainability, Mentor of the Year, and Editorial Awards. These awards and their recipients will be profiled on our website and social media channels in October, along with the President’s Awards. SUSTAINABILITY AWARD The City of Vancouver’s Green Infrastructure Plaza at the intersection of 63rd Avenue and Yukon Street is awarded the 2020 Sustainability Award. The plaza in the Marpole neighbourhood of South Vancouver treats and manages runoff from more than 1,170 square metres of adjacent impermeable areas, such as roads and sidewalks, and supports the diversion of 2,200 cubic metres of rainwater from the sewer system each year. Green infrastructure projects such as this one play an important role in supporting rainwater management utilities in building an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable city. MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD Deyanira Dominguez, P.Eng., is awarded with the 2020 Mentor of the Year Award for her leadership and support of future professional engineers. Deyanira joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Mentoring Program in October 2018, and is currently a mentor to a young female engineer- in-training. She is passionate about empowering young professionals with tools, resources, and knowledge so they can take charge of their careers. At the same time, she provides her mentees with tangible professional advice, puts them in touch with industry contacts, encourages professional development, and meets with them regularly to ensure they are on the path to achieving their goals. EDITORIAL AWARD The 2020 Editorial Award is shared by Pattie Amison, P.Geo., Nick Sargent, P.Geo., and Jacqueline Foley, Geo.L, for their co-authored article “Taming a Rogue Well”, which appeared in the March/April 2020 edition of Innovation magazine. The article outlines the experience of the authors and their colleagues as they investigated and mitigated an artesian well located on the Coldstream Range near Vernon, BC. This particular artesian well had been flowing with limited control since 1965, and had undergone many mitigation attempts during that period. The well was finally successfully plugged in 2015. In their article, the authors outline the nature and dangers of flowing artesian wells and explain how they approached and completed the plugging project.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD DAVID ELLIS, P.ENG.
David Ellis, P.Eng., has made significant contributions to the engineering community, demonstrating technical excellence and delivering high- quality, innovative projects throughout the first 10 years of his career. David joined McElhanney in 2017 as an intermediate
bridge engineer; he’s since led a variety of
projects, including highway bridge replacements, seismic retrofits, and conditional renewal projects. Most recently, David took on the challenge of managing McElhanney’s Bridge Engineering Division in Victoria. In this role, David leads a team of 16 bridge engineers, technologists, and site inspectors, and is responsible for developing solutions to address complex site-specific challenges. An accomplished structural engineer, David was recently named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia. His contributions to the Telford Bridge Replacement project and the Highway 99 – Bridgeport Road Culvert Rehabilitation Project resulted in recognition through the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Deputy Minister’s Awards in 2016 and 2018. In addition to his professional accomplishments, David is a tireless volunteer both within the profession and the community-at-large. He is an inspiration to younger staff at McElhanney, taking it upon himself to create a program for young professionals within the firm. He is a collaborative teammate, a willing mentor, and a positive influence in the engineering industry.